Remove the names of Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino from the Latina park to replace them with that of Arnaldo Mussolini, brother of the Duce. The idea was advanced by the undersecretary of the Ministry of Economy, Claudio Durigon, during a rally in the Pontine capital and immediately found a barrage from the Democratic Party. The story of the park – and the controversy it brings with it – has distant origins and has accompanied the history of the city practically from its foundation.
Latina, the troubled history of the park named after Falcone and Borsellino
The park, in fact, was originally named after the younger brother of the founder of fascism. In 1943, the arrival of the allied troops in the city convinced everyone to put the recent past behind them and cancel the name of Mussolini. This until 1993 with the election of the mayor Msi, Ajmone Finestra, who proposed it again. The last intervention was by the current mayor Damiano Coletta: the decision to dedicate the park to the memory of the two magistrates murdered by the mafia seemed unassailable. But the looming elections have the power to question even the most apparently shared choices.
Furious controversy over Claudio Durigon’s proposal
And here is the proposal of the Northern League undersecretary Claudio Durigon, launched on Wednesday during an electoral meeting: “This is the story of Latina that someone also wanted to cancel with that change of name to that park of ours, which must go back to being that Mussolini park which has always been, we are on this and we want to move forward “. Words that provoke the firm response of the dem: “Hands off the Falcone and Borsellino Park!”, We read in a post by the Pd deputies: “They want to delete the names of two antimafia heroes to restore the references to the twenty years. This says a lot about the damage that the right could cause in Latina. You can’t touch the Falcone and Borsellino Park! “. The deputy secretary of the Pd Lazio, Enzo Foschi, underlines that “Undersecretary Durigon, plenipotentiary of the League in Latina, wants to cancel the title of the Falcone and Borsellino Park to rededicate it to Mussolini”. And he adds: “this request, in light of the fact that a vote will be taken in Latina next October and that an investigation is open on a hypothesis of buying and selling votes between mafia members and local members of the League, assumes even more significance. disturbing. Above all because this title is proposed by an institutional figure of the country’s government. Asking his resignation as undersecretary is the minimum “. Also for the dem deputy, Alessia Morani, “the presence in the government of Durigon is a problem. This stuff is unacceptable. Unacceptable”.